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BEAVER BROOK
ANIMAL HOSPITAL

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Dentistry

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have oral disease by the age of 3.  It is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets. Common signs of oral disease include tartar buildup, red and swollen gums, bad breath, changes in eating or chewing habits, pawing at the face and generalized depression.

A veterinarian should evaluate your pet's dental health at least once a year. We recommend this because bacteria and food debris accumulates around a pet's teeth and, if left unchecked, will lead to deterioration of the soft tissue and bone surrounding the teeth. This decay results in irreversible periodontal disease and even tooth loss.

There are other reasons why you should pay close attention to your pet's dental health. Dental disease can affect other organs in the body: bacteria in the mouth can get into the blood stream and may cause serious kidney infections, liver disease, lung disease, and heart valve disease. Oral disease can also indicate that another disease process is occurring elsewhere in a pet's body. A thorough physical exam combined with appropriate laboratory work can determine if this is the case.

We can recommend and demonstrate preventative measures you can begin at home. Our wellness program emphasizes and explains how you can avoid costly dental procedures with your pet in the future.

GRADE 1 DENTAL DISEASE:
          Gingivitis:
  • Young or older patient with minimal tartar.
  • No, minimal or moderate gingivitis (reddening of the gums).
  •  No attachment loss.
  • Reversible.
   
GRADE 2 DENTAL DISEASE:
         Early Periodontitis
  • Any patient with moderate tartar.
  • Moderate to severe gingivitis or mild gingival recession, up to 25% loss of attachment tissue.
  • 1-3 minor extractions may be needed.
  • Irreversible.

 

   
GRADE 3 DENTAL DISEASE:
         Moderate Periodontitis
  • Any patient with moderate to severe tartar.
  • Severe gingivitis and/or severe gingival recession, up to 50% loss of attachment.
  • Obvious extractable minor and major teeth.
  • Roots may be exposed.
  • Irreversible. 
   
GRADE 4 DENTAL DISEASE:
         Advanced Periodontitis
  • Any patient with moderate to severe tartar.
  • Severe gingival recession, over 50% loss of attachment.
  • Blood and pus surrounding tooth and tooth loss with or without treatment.
  • Any number of minor and 2 to 4 major extractions.
  • Irreversible.
   
   

 

 
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Our Hospital Location
60 Beaver Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 757-3346
Fax: (860) 757-3525

  Our Hospital Hours
Monday 9:00 - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 - 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 - 6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 - 2:00 PM
Sunday - 9:00 - 12:00 PM

 

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